UPDATE, July 24, 2014 / The 2014 Scott’s Walk is slated to step off at 9AM, Sun., July. 27, at Whalon Lake, located south of the intersection at Royce and Lisson roads. For advance registration, visit https://wsirish.wufoo.com/forms/scotts-walk-registration-form/.
Pre-register to guarantee a commemorative t-shirt. Only be a limited number of t-shirts will be available for walk-ups on the day of Scott’s Walk.
Follow the link to register for Scott’s Walk 2014 raising awareness of testicular cancer in memory of Scott Zager.
UPDATE 2013 / The 2013 Scott’s Walk will be held on Sun., Sept. 22, at DuPage River Park. Registration begins at 8AM for the annual walk to heighten awareness about testicular cancer in young men and raise funds to benefit childhood cancer research via St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Walkers will step off for a stroll at one’s own pace at 9AM. The family-friendly event, complete with breakfast and camaraderie, is hosted by the West Suburban Irish and sponsored by many local businesses. All support is welcome.
2012 Scott’s Walk in DuPage River Park
Welcomed by blue skies and bouquets of yellow and green balloons, more than 200 walkers arrived at the DuPage River Sports Complex early Sunday morning for Scott’s Walk, a 1.5-mile trek along the bike trail through the woods to Knoch Knolls Park and back again.
The fourth annual event attracted 215 supporters at $25 each and more than a dozen sponsors, including the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown, to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. This year, Scott’s Walk was hosted by the West Suburban Irish.
Under the large arch of balloons, Mayor George Pradel set the walk in motion at 9AM after opening remarks, mindful of a caring community that takes time to heighten visibility for many important causes, often scheduled at the same time. On that note, Mayor Pradel granted a interview with NCTV17 about Scott’s Walk, then he headed to North Central College to attend the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
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Scott’sWalk is held in memory of Scott Zager, a Naperville resident who lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2008. Scott’sWalk is conducted to inform the public about a cancer that can surprise young men and to support the research efforts of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The walk was started by Zager’s family in 2009 at Elmwood School.
A brochure hand-out titled “Don’t be killed by a curable disease, Testicular Cancer” provides a blunt awareness about the cancer in which cells become malignant, creating a tumor in one or both testicles. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between 15-35; yet, young men don’t expect to have cancer. In addition, young men may be embarrassed to ask questions if they discover a lump or swelling. Symptoms and how men can self check are available in more detail at www.bestieswithtesties.org.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Supporting St. Baldrick’s helps to provide hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
For more information about the benevolent mission; fun, family-focused events with Irish themes; membership and fundraisers organized by the West Suburban Irish, visit www.wsirish.org.
In addition, Heather Kash and NPD Sgt. Tim Jordan, volunteers for St. Baldrick’s Foundation who attended Scott’s Walk, also welcome folks to become a shavee or to toast with Guinness from 1:30-4:30PM today, Sept. 23, at Quigley’s Irish Pub to raise funds to conquer childhood cancers.
Editor’s Note: The West Suburban Irish, under the current leadership of Chuck Corrigan, are the same folks who plan Naperville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that will celebrate 21 years in March 2014. They also host WSI Quiz Night, a fun-filled trivia nigh, at Quigley’s Irish Pub beginning at 7PM on the first Tuesday of every month except July and September. The next WSI Quiz Night is Oct. 1. PN is happy to lend support to this active and dedicated group. The present WSI fundraising goals are to raise awareness and research money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Testicular Cancer via family-friendly events.